Academic Programs 
      

Community Conflict Transformation and Spiritual Ministry 
AM-675-3
  Fall 2002

This course will examine spiritual ministry and its potential to bring about change in community life through the constructive handling of conflicts.  Students will be given an introductory overview of how religion has been operating as a source of conflict in specific contexts during the last century and the efforts of different religious sectors in pursuit of peace during the same period.  Students will learn the practical and creative skills of community conflict transformation through the case study and community mediation approach. 

 

Meeting Day, Time and Dates: 
Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.
Location: Room 206 
Margaret Steinegger-Keyser
Adjunct Professor of Arts of Ministry and Executive Director, Center for Conflict Transformation, Hartford
 

Contact Information:
phone: 
(860) 246-3369
email: MARGYSK@aol.com 

Course Syllabus
Class web site

Aim of Course:

This course will examine spiritual ministry and its potential to bring about change in community life through the constructive handling of conflicts. Students will be given an introductory overview of how religion has been operating as a source of conflict in specific contexts during the last century and the efforts of different religious sectors in pursuit of peace during the same period. Students will learn the practical and creative skills of community conflict transformation through the case study and community mediation approach.

 

CLASS I: Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Theme: Understanding Conflict, Spiritual Ministry and Conflict Transformation

1. Introductions
2. Overview of Course
3. Understanding conflict
4. What is Community Conflict Transformation?
5. Spiritual leaders and conflict transformation case studies.

CLASS II: Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Theme: Spiritual Ministry and Conflict Transformation continued

1. Case study: Lord of the dance
2. Skills training: Communication skills
3. Skills training: Positions vs. Interests

CLASS III: Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Theme: Understanding a local conflict

1. Case Study: A local conflict

CLASS IV: Wednesday, October 2, 2002

Theme: The role of religion and religious groups in international conflicts during the last century an overview.

CLASS V: Wednesday October 9, 2002

Theme: Religion and International Conflicts Continues.

1. Case Study: South Africa

CLASS VI: Wednesday October 16, 2002

Theme: Religion and International Conflicts Continues:

1. Case Study: South Africa

CLASS VII: Wednesday October 23, 2002

Theme: The Relationship between Religion and Peace building.

1.The role of religion and religious groups in nonviolent resistance and peace building

CLASS VIII: Wednesday October 30, 2002

Theme: The Spiritual Leader as Mediator

1. Case Study: Lord of the Dance (Christian focus)
2. The mediation skills training
3. Mediation role-play

CLASS IX: Wednesday November 6, 2002

Theme: The Spiritual Leader as Mediator

1. Case Study: Call to Prayer (Muslim focus)

2. Mediation role-play

CLASS X: Wednesday November 13, 2002

Theme: The Spiritual Leader and Cross-cultural Conflicts

1. Personal cultural conditioning
2. Cultural conditioning and the community
3. Building cross-cultural understanding

CLASS XI: Wednesday November 20, 2002

Theme: The Spiritual Leader as Conciliator

1. Bringing parties in conflict to the table
2. Shuttle diplomacy
3. Facilitation skills
4. Dealing with power imbalances

CLASS XII: Wednesday December 4, 2002

Theme: Sacred Text Studies and Conflict Transformation

1. Forgiveness and Enemies
2. Healing and Reconciliation

CLASS XIII: Wednesday December 11, 2002

Theme: Practical Implications: Discussion

 

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